Fix Hard Drive Won't Power Up/Turn on Without Data Loss

Tracy King updated on Jan 13, 2021 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

What to do when your external hard drive not turning on not powering up? Read the article and follow the four effective ways to fix the problem of an external hard drive not powering up, and try to access data from malfunctioning hard drive with EaseUS hard drive data recovery software.

Are you experiencing the external hard drive not powering up issue? Start to be aware then. It's time to find solutions here to fix this problem of the external hard drive not turning on or powering up normally, and try to rescue data as much as possible with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Change Power Cable Check the power cable on your computer. Ensure that the external hard drive or internal hard drive is...Full steps
Fix 2. Update HDD Drivers In Windows 10/8.1/8/7, press Windows + R keys to bring up the Run box...Full steps
Fix 3. Enable in BIOS Keep your hard drive or the external hard drive connected to your PC, and restart your computer...Full steps
Fix 4. Send for Repair We suggest you take the hard drive to a local disk repair center for a physical diagnostic...Full steps

Warning: external hard drive not powering up!

When the hard drive won't power up, the computer won't turn on. In this case, people tend to face various unpleasant situations. For example:

  • Data loss
  • Overheating hard drive
  • Hard drive not spinning, light blinking
  • Critical system failure

4 methods to fix external hard drive won't power up

In this part, you're going to check, determine, and choose workarounds that work the best for your own case. Now you need to take action to manually check hard drive symptoms and do some manual fix. 

Method 1. Change power cable

Step 1: Check the power cable on your computer. Ensure that the external hard drive or internal hard drive is plugged in stiffly on your PC.

Step 2: If not, switch the cable or remove the hard drive to another PC to see if it powers up or not. 

Step 3: If the hard drive or external hard drive powers up and shows up on your PC or the new computer, you'll need to change a new hard drive cable on your computer. 

Method 2. Update hard drive drivers

You can first update the hard drive drivers in Device Manager on your computer with the below tips.

Step 1: In Windows 10/8.1/8/7, press Windows + R keys to bring up the Run box, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

open device manager

Step 2: In Device Manager, right-click on the hard drive which won't power up and select "Properties".

Step 3: Switch to the "Driver" tab, click on "Update Driver", and proceed with "Search automatically for updated driver software". 

Quick fix hard drive won't power up error.

Then check out whether your external hard drive or internal hard drive spins up or not. If not, just follow to fix hard drive fails to spin up error without losing any data by referring to the second part.

Method 3: Enable hard drive/external hard drive in BIOS

Step 1. Keep your hard drive or the external hard drive connected to your PC, and restart your computer.

Step 2. Hold and long-press F2 to enter BIOS.

Step 3. Enter Setup and check the system documentation to see if the hard drive is Off or not. If it is Off, turn it ON in System Setup.

Step 4. Reboot PC to see if your hard drive powers up and comes back now.

Usually, after doing this, your hard drive should be able to boot up and show up on your PC again.

Method 4. Send it to repair

We suggest you take the hard drive to a local disk repair center for a physical diagnostic. Some hardware maintenance center provides manual data recovery service.

How to access data from not powering hard drive

If the hard drive keeps disconnecting or disappearing on your computer, something must go wrong with it. If you are under this issue, to keep your precious data safely, we'd like to recommend you clone failing/failed hard drive to the new disk or external storage device.

If you cannot access or find no tracks of your hard drive data on your PC, don’t worry. Powerful hard drive data recovery software can easily help you find your lost data within three simple steps. You can apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to find your lost hard drive data with ease:

Step 1. Select and scan hard drive.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the drive where you lose your data and click "Scan". Wait patiently until this program finishes the scanning, it will find all your lost data on the drive.

select and scan the hard drive

Step 2. Find and preview found files on the selected drive.

Check "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use "Filter", "Search" to find the lost files on the selected hard drive. You can double-click to open and check the found files.

Preview lost hard drive data

Step 3. Recover and save lost hard drive data.

Select all found lost hard drive files, click "Recover" and browse another secure location to save them. Click "OK" to confirm and finish the recovery process.

recover data from hard drive

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Frequently Asked Questions

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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